Ms. Melissa Morral, Vice President for Enrollment Services, welcomed two bloggers to the Hill in July. Based in Rochester, Chris and Luke started the blog “Exploring the Burned Over District” in 2011 to track their explorations of sacred spaces across western and central New York State. The name of the site derives from the region’s being known as the Burned Over District from the mid-nineteenth century into the early twentieth on account of the rise and fall of many spiritual and religious movements in the area.
More generally, the blog reflects a growing trend in how Christians are connecting with other Christians through digital media, and in how they are reading and experiencing the space of spirituality.
Read their post about CRCDS here.
This message originally appeared as an announcement from the American Baptist Churches of the Rochester/Genesee Region
This September at the Rochester Fringe Festival, Katie Jo Suddaby will be creating Sand Mandalas in the atrium of Geva Theater! Katie Jo is the Pastor of The Baptist Temple in Brighton. When not pastoring, she can be found creating delicate works of art by arranging thousands of tiny grains of brightly-colored sand.
Using her own designs, but employing Tibetan Buddhist techniques, Katie Jo crafts intricate works of art that are not to be missed. For the Fringe, Pastor Katie Jo will work a back-breaking 50 hours crouched over a rotating glass table. Come see the work take shape any time after 5pm on weekdays and after noon on weekends, September 19th through the 28th at Geva. (The works will be on display at Geva Theatre during the two days of Annual Gathering.)
More information at http://rochesterfringe.com/shows/show/sand-mandalas. Hope to see you there!
Two peace activists, author Pamela Olson and lawyer-activist Dr. Jonathan Kuttab, shared their insights and wisdom about the Israel/Palestine conflict at Worship on the Hill on Tuesday, September 10, 2013.
Olson told the story of her personal path to working for peace in Israel/Palestine, which began when she graduated college and traveled there for two months when she was 21. Olson was quickly moved by what she saw as deep injustices against Palestinian Arabs, and underwent a deep re-evaluation of her views and opinions on how she, and many other Americans, typically understand the issue. This inspired her to return to Palestine in 2005, where she worked as a journalist and foreign press coordinator for the Palestinian presidential candidate Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi.
The following is a statement from President Marvin A. McMickle originally written to be shared among the American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) as points for consideration as military action in Syria is considered.
As Christians we are not exempt from having an opinion or voicing a position concerning the possibility of our nation launching a unilateral attack against Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons. We cannot view this possibility solely through the eyes of US foreign policy or US national security interests. The Lord of the church is not an American; Christ is sovereign Lord over all of creation. Christ has as much love for the people of the Middle East as for the people of the American Midwest. What action is really in the best interest of our brothers and sisters in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and all the other nations in that region that may be impacted if any military action taken by this country results in an escalation of what is essential a civil war?
The following article was written by Roula Alkhouri, who recently earned her D.Min. from CRCDS. She has been Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Batavia since November 2007. She moved from Bend, Oregon, where she served for seven years as associate pastor. Roula is the first Syrian woman ordained into ministry. Roula is married to Mike Stuart who is also an ordained Presbyterian minister. Their daughter Sophia is the joy of their lives.
I write with a heavy heart about the conflict in Syria. Even though I grew up in Syria, I have been away from Syria for over 20 years. So, I write about the conflict in Syria with the disclaimer that I am somewhat of an outsider because I no longer reside in Syria and cannot possibly fully appreciate the suffering of the people of Syria right now. Yet my Syrian roots run deep. My parents, my sister, my niece, and most of my extended family still live there. I also feel a need to speak a prophetic word that comes from my Syrian Christian faith and my commitment to following the way of Jesus which I believe is a way of justice through nonviolence and love.